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Image caption Armando, pictured, is now enjoying his retirement. A champion pigeon has been sold for a record €1.25m ($1.42m; £1.07m). Auction house Pipa called Armando the "best Belgian long-distance pigeon of all time". He's also been dubbed the "Lewis Hamilton of pigeons". Before this sale, the record was €376,000 (£321,800). However, Pipa says this was beaten within a day of Armando being put up for bids. The champ, who turns five this year, is now enjoying his retirement and has already fathered a number of chicks. "It was unreal, the feeling - it was something out of this world," Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, the CEO of Pipa - short for "Pigeon Paradise" - told the BBC of the moment someone put down a bid of more than €1m. Full story

18 March

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